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Postponed - "Why I Went To Auschwitz" - Melbourne Event
Postponed - "Why I Went To Auschwitz" - Melbourne Event

Postponed - "Why I Went To Auschwitz" - Melbourne Event

Time & Location

15 Oct 2023, 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT

Location is TBD

About the Event


The recent events in Israel have deeply affected the Jewish community worldwide. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.

In light of the current circumstances, we have decided to postpone the "Why I Went To Auschwitz" event. We will update you with a new date in due course.

For those who have booked tickets, we will be in contact regarding your options.

Your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.


We are currently experiencing an upsurge in bigotry, discrimination, race hate and antisemitism. Globally and domestically. In the media, in the workplace, on campus, at schools. There is an urgent need for people of goodwill to stand up and speak out. Olympic champion Ian Thorpe, investigative journalist Nick McKenzie and eminent school principal Dr Kate Hadwen recently participated in the March of The Living program which took them to Poland and to Israel, on a journey described as "going where history books can't".

Please join us at this unique event to hear firsthand of their experiences, their emotions, their thoughts and the lessons they have learned and carry with them from this highly impactful journey.

Ian Thorpe's achievements in the pool guaranteed him a place among Australia's sporting greats. He was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame in 2008 and elevated to Legend of Australian Sport in 2021. In 2021 Ian was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for significant service to youth and Indigenous education through charitable initiatives and to swimming. Known as the Thorpedo, Ian's work outside of the pool saw him give voice to many social issues. He has used his profile to raise awareness on numerous issues including depression and equality. His philanthropic focus saw him work to raise funds for multiple causes, including children, cancer and indigenous education.

Dr Kate Hadwen is an experienced educational leader, having worked across the breadth of schooling from Kindergarten to Year 12 and at tertiary level. Kate is currently the Principal of Pymble Ladies' College, the largest single sex girls' school in the Southern Hemisphere. Kate worked for five years as a Senior Research Fellow at The Child Health Promotion Research Centre and was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research. She is a Non-Executive Director with the Australian Youth Orchestra, an Honorary Fellow of the Telethon Kids' Institute and the Child Health Promotion Research Centre, a member of the Advisory Council for AISNSW and is on the IGSA Standing Committee. Kate has recently been appointed Director of the International Coalition of Girls' Schools representing over 550 girls' schools globally. Kate has always championed student voice and has worked hard to ensure young people are empowered as co-contributors in all major decisions in the organisations she has led.

Nick McKenzie is an Australian investigative journalist. He has won 14 Walkley Awards, been twice named the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year and also received the Kennedy Award for Journalist of the Year in 2020 and 2022. He is the president of the Melbourne Press Club. McKenzie is known for his work exposing corruption in politics, business, foreign affairs/defence, human rights issues, policing, and criminal justice. He works for Melbourne's The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review and has reported for Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners and Nine's 60 Minutes. In June 2023 McKenzie won what some dubbed the Trial of the Century when sued by decorated soldier Ben Roberts-Smith. A judge said four of the six murder allegations—all denied by the soldier in question—were substantially true.

Please note that the exact venue of the event will be advised to all registrants via email 72 hours prior to the event.

We look forward to your participation in this thought provoking and impactful evening of discovery, discussion and call to action in the quest to create a more tolerant, respectful and inclusive society for us all.

Spread the news about this event far and wide to your family, friends and colleagues. We are looking forward to welcoming a diverse audience from all sectors and age groups to listen to the compelling feedback from these incredible communal leaders and opinion influencers. .

Price includes complimentary drinks at end of the event.

Please note that the venue of the event will be advised to all registrants via email 72 hours prior to the event.

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